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Old 12-19-2007, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Arlington Virginia
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There was a story on NPR this evening regarding heating assitance programs for Maine families in need. Noting that heating fuel prices have risen to record highs and there are more families than ever requesting help.

Maine forum members, please recommend good, local programs, with addresses, that can use some help. I would personally prefer to send a paper check by USPS mail, as I can't send that much, and would like to help a qualified group that doesn't necessarily have a slick web site.

This would be a way for we "hope to be Mainers" to establish a little presence in the state in a good way. I would like to help a group on a regular basis, not just a one time donation. I am not wealthy but hope every little bit helps.

Thanks, qw
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Old 12-19-2007, 05:18 PM
 
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If you are affiliated with a church or civic group there is most likely a branch or parish here. A lot of churches know about local emergency needs, people who are out or about to be out of fuel. The bigger organizations such as LIHEAP are seriously backed up, applications are taking 8 weeks to be reviewed. If you applied for LIHEAP in November, it'll be January before you even hear if you application has been seen. Citizens Energy (Joe Kennedy's project) will award a ONE time voucher for 100 gallons of oil if you meet the criteria. Citizens Energy is also woefully behind. It can take 2 weeks just for them to send the application to you to fill out. Smaller organizations like churches and civic groups have more flexability to fill immediate needs. God Bless You for your kind thought.
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Old 12-19-2007, 05:20 PM
 
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There was a story on NPR this evening regarding heating assitance programs for Maine families in need...
I forgot to add these links - and in addition, did not want to give the impression that I did not want to help the "Keep the Heat On" program in Buxton ME, because they have a web site link. Perhaps I have answered my own question. The Buxton program looks just like what I was looking for.

Sorry for the omissions...

http://www.buxton.me.us/Pages/BuxtonME_BComm/heat

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/s...oryId=17416038

http://www.npr.org/templates/player/...038&m=17415994
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Old 12-19-2007, 05:22 PM
 
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Old 12-19-2007, 05:39 PM
 
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Thumbs up Hello Quiet Walker!

GOOD FOR YOU!

May God Bless You for what you are doing! Great thought during this time of

the year!

Take gentle care,

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There was a story on NPR this evening regarding heating assitance programs for Maine families in need. Noting that heating fuel prices have risen to record highs and there are more families than ever requesting help.

Maine forum members, please recommend good, local programs, with addresses, that can use some help. I would personally prefer to send a paper check by USPS mail, as I can't send that much, and would like to help a qualified group that doesn't necessarily have a slick web site.

This would be a way for we "hope to be Mainers" to establish a little presence in the state in a good way. I would like to help a group on a regular basis, not just a one time donation. I am not wealthy but hope every little bit helps.

Thanks, qw
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Old 12-19-2007, 05:40 PM
 
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I work for HEAP on LI and I will tell you I am working on applications today that came in, in September so it is a long wait for assistance and with todays prices it is just a stipence.
Sue
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Old 12-19-2007, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Penobscot Bay, the best place in Maine!
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The Maine Seacoast Mission helps many people in Hancock and Washington Counties with heat and other needed resources, and serves the other islands as well.

http://www.seacoastmission.org/
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Old 12-19-2007, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Arlington Virginia
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If you are affiliated with a church or civic group there is most likely a branch or parish here. A lot of churches know about local emergency needs, people who are out or about to be out of fuel. The bigger organizations such as LIHEAP are seriously backed up, applications are taking 8 weeks to be reviewed. If you applied for LIHEAP in November, it'll be January before you even hear if you application has been seen. Citizens Energy (Joe Kennedy's project) will award a ONE time voucher for 100 gallons of oil if you meet the criteria. Citizens Energy is also woefully behind. It can take 2 weeks just for them to send the application to you to fill out. Smaller organizations like churches and civic groups have more flexability to fill immediate needs. God Bless You for your kind thought.
Thank you for your valuable description of the situation. Yes, churches would be a good choice. That's the kind of group I am looking for. One that is on the scene, know the immediate needs, and can apply assistance immediately, without having to go through a bureaucratic procedure, that others may have more time to process. Its' very bad to be cold and no one should be in this wealthy country.
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Old 12-19-2007, 06:09 PM
 
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The Maine Seacoast Mission helps many people in Hancock and Washington Counties with heat and other needed resources, and serves the other islands as well.

http://www.seacoastmission.org/
Thank You for your answer.
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Old 12-19-2007, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Teton Valley Idaho
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thank you quiet walker.
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